At 0700 UTC / 02APR a merchant vessel was reported under attack by a skiff in position 00 52N 044 01E.
The skiff was white in colour with 8 people on board. The skiff fired at vessel and armed security fired warning shots back. The skiff then left on bearing 010.
***This vessel managed to evade hijack***
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